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2015 Nissan Versa Note SR Long-Term Update 5

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/1/2015 Alex Nishimoto, Motor Trend Staff

The Nissan Versa Note is quickly racking up miles, having recently passed the 15,000-mile mark. With that milestone came another visit to the dealer for some routine maintenance. With just the three scheduled visits to the dealer so far, driving the Versa Note has been smooth sailing. But also pretty dull. The 15,000-mile service calls for an inspection, oil change, tire rotation, and air and cabin filter change. I also asked the service adviser to check out an annoying squeak that is usually audible even at slow speeds and sounds like it originates from the driver-side door. The technicians were unable to replicate the noise, however. Other than that, the dealer visit went smoothly.

2015 Nissan Versa Note SR Long-Term Update 5

2015 Nissan Versa Note SR© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Nissan Versa Note SR Two staffers were able to get behind the wheel recently, and both shared my feelings about the hatchback's driving experience. Copy chief Emiliana Sandoval said, "the CVT whines ceaselessly," and thanks to the lack of thrust, she found herself "saying a little prayer when merging onto the highway." Associate online editor Stefan Ogbac also had some complaints about the Note's 109 hp: "The little 1.6-liter I-4 is fine with one person, but it does struggle when carrying a full load of passengers — especially on the highway. Obviously, this car is best suited for the city, where it's easy to zip around and squeeze into tight spots."

Ogbac also found the Note less cargo-capable than the first-gen 2008 Nissan Versa hatchback he used to own. “I tried fitting four large boxes in the car, and I got three in with the seats folded and the Divide-N-Hide false floor in it lowest position," he said. "The fourth one fit, but the hatch wouldn't close, so three it is."

2015 Nissan Versa Note SR Interior Cargo Space With Boxes© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Nissan Versa Note SR Interior Cargo Space With Boxes But as long as you're not moving into a new home or transporting stacks of lumber, the fold-flat seats grant a fair amount of cargo space. I also like how easy it is to drop the rear seats. A pull on the knob that tops the seats is all it takes to bring them forward. I also appreciate that there's a place to stow the seatbelts so they don't get tangled when you fold the seats back up. In some other cars with fold-flat rear seats, I inevitably get at least one shoulder belt caught behind the latch. Of course I don't notice it until someone sits back there and tries to buckle their seat belt, which is cinched in the middle, making it impossible to draw across their body. The only remedy is to have them get out, fold the seat down again to free the belt, and lock it back into place, making sure the belt isn't caught. Nissan's solution is simple. In the trim next to the doorframe, there's a slot where the male end of the seat belt can be inserted. This keeps it out of the way, so when you raise the seats again, it can easily be restored to its original position.

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